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NFL offseason predictions: Saints for Super Bowl champs and the protests end

Sports forecasts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on: which is why we’re publishing these online. But are the Browns set for a spectacular improvement?The problem with predictions in this space is that they are comically flawed.Six months ago, we…

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Cleveland Browns fans hold ‘perfect season’ parade after winless run – video

On the eve of the NFL playoffs, fans of the Cleveland Browns, who haven’t made it past the regular season since 2002, protested outside their stadium with a sarcastic ‘perfect season’ parade. Fans criticised the owner, billionaire Jimmy Haslam, over th…

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Cleveland Browns fans finally get a parade … only one they never hoped for

It may seem daft to throw a parade after becoming only the second team ever to go winless in a 16-game season, but Browns fans hope the owners will take noteWhen talking about the parade he’s helped plan, lifelong Cleveland Browns fan Chris McNeil want…

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Cleveland Browns fans finally get a parade … only one they never hoped for

It may seem daft to throw a parade after becoming only the second team ever to go winless in a 16-game season, but Browns fans hope the owners will take noteWhen talking about the parade he’s helped plan, lifelong Cleveland Browns fan Chris McNeil want…

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The Cleveland Browns can’t be terrible forever. Can they?

The Browns are on the brink of a winless season and the projected No1 draft pick has reportedly said he doesn’t want to play there. How’s your week going?There is no football futility quite like the touchdowns you think you have until you don’t have th…

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The Joy of Six: seasons from hell | Niall McVeigh

From Cleveland’s collapse to Ferrari’s lowest ebb and Doncaster Rovers’ destruction amid fire and fury, we look back on six calamitous campaigns Ten years before he made his name as the inscrutable, hooded overlord of the New England Patriots, Bill Bel…

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DeShone Kizer, Kevin Durant and the myth of the wayward black athlete

African American athletes can be everything: grand slam champions, Olympic medalists, explosive, magic. Everything, that is, except benignWhat’s a brother gotta do to catch a break in sports? Asking not for myself, a black sportswriter, but for a frien…

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NFL: Tom Brady lifts up Patriots and Ravens beat Browns – video highlights

Watch the highlights from the second round of the NFL season in which the Baltimore Ravens overcome the Cleveland Browns 24-10 and the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20, thanks to the rookie Kareem Hunt. Meanwhile, Tom Brady throw…

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Police union boycotts Browns flag ceremony after players’ anthem protest

Members of unions representing Cleveland police officers and paramedics have said they won’t hold a US flag during ceremonies at next Sunday’s Cleveland Browns season opener after a group of Browns players knelt during the national anthem.

Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, cited his service in the US Navy when he told WKYC-TV he was astounded that Browns management knew of the protests but allowed it to occur. “I am not going to participate or work with management that allows their players to disrespect the flag and the national anthem,” Loomis said.

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Houston Texans trade $72m man Brock Osweiler to Cleveland Browns

  • Browns acquire Osweiler as Texans try to clear salary cap space
  • Osweiler, 26, signed four-year, $72m deal with Houston last season

Related: Tony Romo might be a splash signing, but he won’t deliver a Super Bowl | Les Carpenter

The Browns found a “franchise quarterback”. Just maybe not their own.

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NFL offseason predictions: Jimmy Garoppolo to land in Cleveland

Garoppolo is inexperienced, but he could be the QB the Browns need. Expect also Kirk Cousins to stay in Washington, and Mitch Trubisky to be a top-five pick The NFL season is over, but there is still one piece of 2016-17 season business left for us to …

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Johnny Manziel wants to return to NFL: ‘I only need one team to believe in me’

  • Manziel tells ESPN he’s sober and wants to resume NFL career
  • Former Heisman winner: ‘I’ll do anything to make that a possibility’

The NFL may be done with Johnny Manziel, but Johnny Manziel insists he’s not done with the NFL.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback says he’s achieved sobriety on his own and is determined to resume his career.

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NFL week 16 round-up: why the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl repeat hopes were dashed

A blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs has officially ended the Super Bowl title returning to Denver – and there’s more to blame than just the quarterback

The Denver Broncos season unofficially ended shortly before half-time during Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Down 21-10 with time running out in the second quarter, they lined up as if they were going to attempt a 53 yard field goal. Instead, kicker Brandon McManus took the ball, ran … and failed to pick up the first down. The Broncos wouldn’t score again as the Chiefs would go on to win 33-10, securing a return to the playoffs while eliminating the reigning Super Bowl champions from postseason contention.

Related: 350lb lineman Dontari Poe throws TD pass as Chiefs eliminate Broncos

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NFL round-up: Browns win for first time in a year; Titans lose Mariota for season

  • Cleveland avoid winless season with 20-17 win over Chargers
  • Patriots edge towards No1 seed in AFC with easy win over woeful Jets

The Browns are winless no more. Cleveland avoided that fate on Saturday by beating the San Diego Chargers 20-17 for their first victory in more than a year. San Diego’s Josh Lambo missed a 45-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Browns (1-14) their first win in 377 days.

When the kick sailed right, Cleveland’s small crowd erupted in celebration and Browns players poured off their sideline as if they had just won the Super Bowl. The Browns avoided becoming the second team to go 0-15, and no longer have to worry about joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to lose all 16 games.

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NFL legend Jim Brown meets with Donald Trump: ‘He’s got my admiration’

  • Former Browns great says: ‘What he went through … he got my admiration’
  • Ray Lewis says ‘black or white is irrelevant’ after meeting with president

NFL great Jim Brown spoke of his admiration for Donald Trump after a meeting with the president-elect in New York on Tuesday, and said the pair talked about “how to work together … to make America a better country”.

Brown, a Hall of Famer who won the NFL MVP award four times, went to Trump Tower to discuss race, poverty, education and the economy with the president-elect. Kanye West, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, and Darrell Scott, a Christian pastor from Cleveland, were also there.

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London’s four NFL games in 2017 to be held at Wembley and Twickenham

• Three NFL franchises will play in London for the first time next year
• Baltimore Ravens make maiden trip to face Jacksonville Jaguars

Three NFL franchises will play in London for the first time next year as part of a four-game schedule that will see back-to-back contests staged at Wembley and successive matches hosted at Twickenham.

The Cleveland Browns, who are yet to win a game in 2016, will be the home team against the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham, which will also be the venue for a Los Angeles Rams “home” game again, this time against the Arizona Cardinals, who were one win away from last year’s Super Bowl.

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RG III and the Cleveland Browns are a tragedy made for each other

The quarterback remains a long-shot to be anything like the quarterback who dazzled the league in his rookie season before his knee tore apart

Nothing else had been working for the Cleveland Browns, so when Robert Griffin III returned from his latest significant injury, their coach Hue Jackson felt he needed “to know something more” about the quarterback who was once going to lead his team this season. At 0-12 he had nothing to lose … except another game.

Predictably, the Browns lost on Sunday afternoon, and Griffin did not play well in what was only his second start in almost two years. In fact, the numbers will say he was something close to awful, completing just 12-of-28 passes for 104 yards no touchdowns and an interception. He even inspired a gif of futility, not that gifs of futility are rare when it comes to the Browns.

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The Browns are an abomination but they’re far from the worst team in NFL history

Cleveland are heading for an 0-16 season but they can take comfort from the fact that they won’t trouble some of the league’s truly terribly teams

The Cleveland Browns are bad. They are very bad. They hover pitifully at the bottom of the uninspiring AFC North with an 0-11 record, and it doesn’t take much imagination to see them going 0-16 this season. Were it not for the Cavaliers’ NBA title and the Indians’ near world championship, the Browns’ misfortune would be chronicled in headlines that prominently include the words “Cleveland” and “woebegone,” “hapless” or “misfortune.”

On Sunday, as if to show how bad they really are, in a 24-9 loss to Pittsburgh, the Browns gave up eight sacks, lost one quarterback (more on that later) and couldn’t manage a touchdown even when they had a first down just inches from the goalline.

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The Browns are an abomination but they’re far from the worst team in NFL history

Cleveland are heading for an 0-16 season but they can take comfort from the fact that they won’t trouble some of the league’s truly terribly teams

The Cleveland Browns are bad. They are very bad. They hover pitifully at the bottom of the uninspiring AFC North with an 0-11 record, and it doesn’t take much imagination to see them going 0-16 this season. Were it not for the Cavaliers’ NBA title and the Indians’ near world championship, the Browns’ misfortune would be chronicled in headlines that prominently include the words “Cleveland” and “woebegone,” “hapless” or “misfortune.”

On Sunday, as if to show how bad they really are, in a 24-9 loss to Pittsburgh, the Browns gave up eight sacks, lost one quarterback (more on that later) and couldn’t manage a touchdown even when they had a first down just inches from the goalline.

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Johnny Manziel reaches deal for dismissal of domestic violence case

  • Former Browns QB accused of assaulting former girlfriend
  • Heisman Trophy winner has had troubled professional career

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has reached a deal with prosecutors for the conditional dismissal of a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend.

Defense attorney Jim Darnell said there was still work to be done, but said after a Thursday morning hearing that he was encouraged. A judge set another hearing for 1 December, when the case could be settled. “That’s all in progress,” Darnell said regarding the conditions of any agreement. “Until we get something done, if we do, then we’ll announce it.”

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